‘It’s the brazenness of it’: Anger as convicted paedophile wins role in television advert for Euromillions lottery jackpot
- Simon Jones appears in the new wedding-themed advert that aired on Monday
- 2014 he pleaded guilty to possessing indecent photographs of a child and jailed
- Jones served six months of a year-long sentence at HMP Parc, in Bridgend
A new television advert for the National Lottery features a convicted paedophile.
Simon Jones appears grinning in the new wedding-themed commercial alongside other guests that was aired on Monday to advertise the £69m Euromillions jackpot.
But last night it emerged Jones, from Cardiff, was jailed in 2014 for possessing indecent photographs of a child.
A source told The Sun: ‘If he was in the background then I don’t think anyone would have batted an eyelid, but it just looks like he hasn’t learnt from what he’s done.
‘It’s the brazenness of it, it’s almost like it’s a lesson not learnt. There’s no humbleness about it.
‘He has done his time and got out and is now on the sex offenders register. It is known that he posed a significant risk.
‘It’s difficult to get work, but working as an extra might be somewhere you can slip under the radar.’
Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child.
Simon Jones (circled in red) appears grinning in the new wedding-themed alongside other guests that was aired on Monday to advertise the £69m Euromillions jackpot
He was jailed for a year at Cardiff Crown Court in 2014, and is thought to have served six months of his sentence at HMP Parc in Bridgend, South Wales.
When Jones was approached by the newspaper he confirmed he had filmed the advert for the National Lottery, and admitted that he had a criminal conviction.
Lottery operator Camelot said: ‘Prior to their involvement in a National Lottery advert, all extras are required to sign a release form in which they agree to a number of conditions and provide certain warranties.’
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